Sleep Diagnostic Services sleep lab is pleased to offer overnight sleep studies for evaluation of obstructive sleep apnea in children.
⇒     The sleep lab serves children age 4 and above who do not have complex medical issues.
⇒    The Pediatric Sleep Center located in Columbia, MO and has a two-bed state of the art sleep laboratory dedicated to the care of pediatric patients with highly trained technicians and child friendly rooms.
⇒    Studies are evaluated by physicians board certified in sleep and pulmonary medicine.
⇒    Each room contains a sleep lounger for a parent or guardian to spend the night with the child.
Does your child snore?  Does your child have long pauses in breathing, lots of tossing and turning in bed, chronic mouth breathing during his/her sleep, or have night sweats?  All of these symptoms, especially the snoring, are possible signs of pediatric sleep apnea.  This is more common that generally recognized.  It is estimated that 25% of all children suffer from sleep apnea, many of them between the ages of 2 and 8 years old.
We at Sleep Diagnostic Services have aligned ourselves with the best physicians in Central Missouri specializing in pediatric sleep medicine and general pediatrics in order to facilitate all options for treatment of sleep disorders.
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Most Common Sleep Disorders in Children:
⇒    Obstructive Sleep Apnea – A child with sleep obstructive sleep apnea briefly stops breathing many times during the night because of an obstruction in the respiratory tract.  They awaken for a few minutes as they instinctively gasp for air.
⇒    Parasomnia – Parasomnia’s such as sleepwalking, sleep talking, confusional arousals, sleep terrors, and nightmares affect up to 50% of children.
⇒    Behavioral Insomnia – Children with a learned inability to fall and/or stay asleep affects and estimated 10%-30%.
⇒    Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder – Children with this disorder show their wake times are delayed by at least 2 hours compared with socially acceptable times.  There seems to be a discrepancy between the internal clock of the child and the external world.  For example, light is the most powerful “resetter”.  Inappropriate  timing of light exposure can alter circadian rhythm.
⇒    Restless Legs Syndrome – This condition is characterized by an unpleasant sensation in the legs, with the urge to move the legs starting in the evening.


Common Symptoms in Children:

 ➡ Snoring/breathing difficulties while sleeping

 ➡ Bedtime refusal

 ➡ Insomnia

 ➡ Sleepwalking

 ➡ Sleep terrors, nightmares or nightmare fears

 ➡ Unusual sleep behaviors

 ➡ Excessive daytime sleepiness

 ➡ Bedwetting

 ➡ Difficulty falling or remaining asleep

We accept many types of insurance including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Healthlink PPO, UMVS, Mercy, Conventry Healthcare, Essence, Aetna, GEHA, Humana, Aetna Better Health of Missouri, Wellcare/Missouri Care, Medicaid, Home State Health, Tricare Prime, Tricare Firstchoice, UHC University of Missouri, and cash options.
We are open 7 days a week and the lab is equipped with sleeping accommodations for one parent/guardian with each child.  Call 800-317-3600 or email us at for more information or to schedule an appointment.



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